In which the author tells you how to run your life -- or at least how to make the most of the fun parts of it.

For instance, inside these pages you will learn how to weather a mortar attack in good spirits; how to avoid booking yourself on the Internet into a bed and breakfast full of twee quilts and dusty tchotkes; and how to plan a dinner party that will stun your guests with deliciousness and style and not destroy your will to live with the amount of work you have to do to pull it off.

These are things I know firsthand, and things people who know me often ask me about (though I usually just book them into bed and breakfasts myself -- identifying ruffled death traps is an acquired skill). I am almost always right about everything (food, style and travel-related, anyway, and often many other things) and if everyone would just do as I say, dinner would taste better, cupcakes would not be dry, your parties would be more fun (for you), and mortar attacks... well, they always suck. I can't do anything about them.

*except laundry. I can't manage my own laundry, much less yours.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Some design blogs I love

So when I am bored, and at a computer -- these things often go hand in hand -- I have a little tour I do of the Internets. It's kind of like a virtual paper route in reverse -- instead of dropping off newspapers, I'm going door to door, picking up other people's stuff.

Here's what I've learned: there are an AWFUL lot of design-mad people out there, and a lot of them are REALLY talented.
I just discovered this lass today, via Apartment Therapy (my first stop every morning). I may be a little late to the game, but this woman is talented and obsessive, and as cheap as I am. I LOVE it.

check it out. She found this stuff and gussied it up, with a great eye for shape and color.

She glued some bamboo skewers on the front of a small round mirror and voila:

And a little bit of fabric, paint and some ribbon turns this table into wonderfulness.

I like this girl.
I am also growing ever more devoted to A Perfect Grey (and not just because she says nice things about me from time to time, though that definitely helps). She has the eye of a design magazine editor. It's great, soothing, ordered eye candy every time I stop in, and is heavily influencing the design decisions I am making in the coming weeks.

check it. THIS IS HER BACKYARD. This is the backyard I DREAM of having and keep failing to have.

And she culled these lovely images...

So go check her out.

I also have a little crush on Lauren at who is a fellow Washingtonian and Buffy the Vampire Slayer devotee (I prefer the TV version myself), but everything I'm not -- blond, organized... young. There seems to be this whole super-race of gorgeous blond extremely talented designers with adoring husbands and amusing and inspiring blogs.... Rachel over at being the Queen Bee.

This is a picture of Lauren's master bedroom

and her perfect, sane office.

I on the other hand can't seem to stay away from Lucite and Cherub Lamps, busts of George Washington and any painting with scary eyes. Must. Rein. In. Crazy. Impulses.


  1. Thanks so much for the sweet mention!!! I PROMISE you that my office NEVER looks like that!!! hahahaha it's usually trashed so we can definitely take "oraganized" off the list! ;)


    ps- many of these reads are my favorites too!!

  2. oh. poking around here late at night... how did I miss this the first time around? thank you so much! donna